Divorce and Social Media: Think Carefully


Divorce and Social Media: Think Carefully

By all accounts, divorce is a complicated process that is replete with emotional upheaval. In fact, unburdening yourself to loved ones and friends during your divorce can be extremely helpful. When people extend this unburdening to social media, however, things can quickly become problematic. The proliferation of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms in our lives has dulled us somewhat to the impact that oversharing can have – especially when it comes to divorce.

Those Pictures and Posts Tell a Story

We have all come to rely upon our social media accounts to reach out and share with family, friends, and loved ones. And during the global pandemic, these platforms have been something of a godsend. However, it is essential to carefully consider what you are posting and what kind of story you might inadvertently be telling if you are going through a divorce. Consider all of the following:

  • Maskless in a Crowd – The fact is that we are living through the most difficult health crisis our nation (and the world) has experienced in our lifetimes, and the only thing anyone can do to mitigate the danger is to social distance, avoid crowds, and wear a mask in public. Suppose you choose to eschew this commonsense approach and broadcast the fact with pictures of yourself out maskless in a crowd, expect your divorcing spouse to use this as evidence that he or she is a more fit parent.

  • Party Antics – Even if you consider yourself the life of the party and love to post pictures of yourself in party mode, now is not the time. Take down the pictures of you doing the macarena on the bar with a pitcher of margaritas in your hand. If your soon-to-be-ex is attempting to besmirch your parenting or to establish that you have a drinking problem, these pictures could serve his or her purposes far better than they serve your own.

  • Posts that Badmouth – Divorce is an incredibly difficult experience. It is only natural to have feelings about the judge in your case or your divorcing spouse’s attorney or anyone else who plays a role in your case. However, badmouthing the court, the legal process, or anyone involved in your case is very likely to backfire. These posts can easily make their way into your divorce, and the court is unlikely to look kindly on them.

  • Your New Love Interest – It is a bad idea to enter into a new relationship before your divorce is final, but it sometimes happens. While most Texas divorces are not based on fault, the court can certainly take fault into consideration, which is exactly why you should not post pictures of you and your paramour toasting each other over a romantic dinner.

A Resourceful Killeen Divorce Attorney Can Help

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a dedicated divorce attorney who is committed to helping you obtain divorce terms that uphold your rights and support your future. Your case matters, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.

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